Automative industry is one of the most up to date industries in the world. This is a requirement if you want to be in the top selling in the auto industry. Every year comes with new changes in the automative industry and also with new challenges that automative domain should face it.
Electric cars and the environment
Nowadays the discussion about air pollution, global warming and climate changes is very current. The number of cars is increasing every hour around the globe and as a consequence the gas emission is also increasing into the atmosphere. The ecologists are trying to reduce the number of cars due to their pollution. In order to counteract the ecologists and those that are for reducing the number of cars, those that are working in the automative domain have proposed another direction – electric cars.
Electric cars are built to use electric energy and due to this electric cars are not polluting the air, especially into the cities where car densities are higher. Electric cars are environmentally friendly and this new generation of cars had started to be seen on the streets in several countries. The most important contributions in introducing electric cars are the United States. Other countries that are producing and trying to introduce on the streets electric cars include Germany, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Are electric cars environmentally friendly?
Every new development in the auto industry is criticized by people, specialists, ecologists, scientists or buyers. But we have to ask if electric cars are really eco-friendly? Or they have their limitation regarding this aspect?
There is discussion about the materials that are used to build an electric car and the processes that are conducting to obtain these materials. Because an electric car is based on a battery that should be charged, a battery that is heavy, the idea of the automative producers was to reduce the weight from other components. Due to this, for an electric car are used lightweight materials such as aluminium, carbon-fiber, rare metals, nickel, cooper and lithium. In order to manufacture electric car’s components that are made from these light materials, the manufacturers are using a lot of energy. There are already scientific studies which are indicating that producing components for electric car could be more polluting than the use of the automobile.
There is another discussion regarding who to obtain the electric power that should be used for charging electric cars. Because there are voices that are saying that when the producers are obtaining energy for electric cars, they are polluting the atmosphere during the process of getting energy, especially if they are using fossil fuels. There will always be a limitation in every new project developed by those that are dealing with the auto industry. But for sure the electric cars are friendlier with the environment than fossil fuel based cars. The carbon footprint is lower if we analyze the overall life cycle for an electric car.
There are many countries around the world where cars are the most important contributors to air pollution. Maybe electric cars will contribute to reduce the pollution of the air that we are breathing. This is our hope for the future of the automative domain.